Parent & Kids service trips (formerly "Fathers and Sons then Fathers and Kids) are designed for partial families when the whole family cannot make it. Our service, accommodations and activities are different than those on Family service trips. The vision of Spark of Hope Foundation is to deliver hope to the people of Baja California, Mexico through hands-on service from ordinary people. Our experience is that Hope is created on both sides of the border as we provide this service.
Day 1 (Sunday): Cross border, attend church, unpack at dormitory, visit orphanage, fireside.
Days 2-4 (Mon-Wed): Wake to singing, scriptures and food. Work on service projects. Evening activities.
Day 4 (Wednesday): Finish projects and cross the border.
Day 1: Cross border, unpack at dormitory, go to service projects, visit orphanage, fireside.
Days 2-3: Wake to singing, scriptures and food. Work on service projects. Evening activities.
Day 3: Finish projects and cross the border.
The dormitory “Chispa” has bunk beds with mattresses, toilets, showers, a kitchen, electricity and secure parking. Depending on family sizes and the number of families that come, each family will get a private room to use. We eat most of our meals in this building.
Breakfast: Beans, eggs, tortillas, quesadillas, and chilaquiles
Lunch: Burritos, Tacos, Tortas
Dinner: Enchiladas, Tacos, Tostadas, Chicken with beans and rice, Mole, etc.Snacks, water, gatorade are provided throughout the day and evening.
Framing, painting, sheetrock, mudding, roofing, plumbing, tiling, electrical, shovel work, …
You do not need any experience in doing these things. We will train you on the job.
Dinner and performances from locals (dancing, singing, music), beach, night games, …
You are responsible for all costs of travel to and from Tijuana and while in Tijuana.
Special insurance for your vehicle is required and costs approx. $30/day.
We will cross the border together. It is a fun experience that can last 30 minutes or 4 hours. People over 18 years old need a passport. Those 18 and under need proof of citizenship (drivers license or a copy of a birth certificate). You can read more about this here.
Your trip donation is 100% tax deductible because we are a 501 c3 non-profit organization. Your donation will be used mostly for building materials.
In addition, it pays for food, Chispa building upkeep, entertainment and to help ongoing Spark of Hope Foundation programs.
COVID-19 caused all but 1 trip in 2020 to be cancelled. We have made the following changes in order to continue the goodness of Spark of Hope in 2021. 1. HEPA + UV filters are installed in Chispa (the dormitory). 2. Masks are provided and participants are encouraged to wear them. 3. As always, plentiful hand sanitizer will be available. 4. Lumber prices have almost doubled. This has forced us to increase trip cost to $625 per person.
Participants must be at lease 12 years old to attend this service trip.
Still have questions? Please reach out.